Figures show rise in tourist arrivals

More than 11,5 million tourists arrived at Greece’s international airports in 2011, up by 8.6 percent the previous year, according to data provided on Monday by the Association of Greek Tourist Enterprises (SETE).

In the face of the financial crisis dogging the country, a total 11,528, 782 tourists arrived at Greece’s 13 top airports, making 2011 one of the best years for tourism.

December alone saw a total of 186,095 passengers landing in the country’s airports.

The biggest increases in traffic were recorded at the airports of Rhodes and Kos islands. Athens International Airport was the only one to have lower passenger numbers than last year, seeing a 3.6 percent drop in arrivals from abroad.

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